Andrew Purchas (he/him)

Andrew is a leading advocate for equality in sport and in 2017 was awarded an Order of Australia for services to rugby and the promotion of social inclusion for LGBT people. 

He is Co- Founder of the Pride in Sport Index, Founder the Sydney Convicts Rugby Club, Chair of ACON’s Finance & Audit Committee, and Past Chair of International Gay Rugby.   

Andrew has a long sporting background, having rowed and played rugby for NSW.  He played first grade rugby for Sydney University and was award a University Blue from Sydney University for rowing.  He is a life member Colleagues Rugby Club, Sydney Convicts Rugby Club and International Gay Rugby. 

Headshot of Andrew Purchas against a black background

Acknowledgement of country

Sydney WorldPride will take place on the lands of the Gadigal, Cammeraygal, Bidjigal, Darug, Dharawal people who are the Traditional Custodians of the Sydney Basin.

We pay our Respects to their Elders past and present. Always was Always will be Aboriginal Land.

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people come from many different clans and communities across Australia & in 2023 will come together as one, to celebrate with our global LGBTQIA+ community.